This special section of SFM's community calendar gives you the scoop on things happening around town that you definitely want to know about, but they don't necessarily fit anywhere else in the calendar.
Montana Audubon Center’s Walking Trails and Shepard Nature Playspace are open to the public dawn to dusk, daily, free of charge. No dogs please. www.mtaudubon.org.
Coloring Contest Celebrates Elephant & Piggie Visit on April 6. Billings Public Library. Pick up your coloring page at the Children’s Desk or at billingslibrary.org, starting March 5. Return the completed coloring page to the Children’s Desk before 10:30am on April 6 to be entered into a drawing for a plush pig puppet and an Elephant & Piggie book! Must be present to win.
Calling All Poets! Billings Public Library invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month by participating in a poetry contest with cash prizes thanks to a generous donation from The Friends of the Library. Submissions accepted March 18-April 12. Winners announced April 23. Winners will get to share their winning submission at the Poetry Night Celebration on April 30. Contest broken into three age groups: Children (ages 0-12), Youth (ages 13-19), Adults (ages 20+). Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in each group. Submission guidelines: billingslibrary.org. Questions: 657.8258, ask for Patrick or Lena.
Plant a Pinwheel Garden in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Purchase pinwheels from The Family Tree Center. 252.9799.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). In-person tax assistance available at HRDC in Billings and Hardin late Jan-mid-April. VITA provides free income tax return prep and electronic filing for individuals and families who make less than $54,000 annually. Both state and federal tax returns are prepared by IRS trained and certified community volunteers. More info: http://hrdc7.org/how-we-help/tax-assistance.
The Friends of the Billings Library accept book donations M-F from 10am-12pm. FYI: Donations may also be left on the designated bottom shelves in the Book Nook. Volunteers staff the workroom on the library's 1st floor next to the Sweet Cafe.
Travel immunizations are available by appointment only via RiverStone Health. Call 406.247.3382 to schedule an appointment.
Billings Clinic offers free Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention education for grade school children through the ThinkFirst program. Low-cost helmets available starting at $8 (including bike, ski/snowboard, skating, and equestrian helmets). More info: contact Prevention Coordinator, Andrew at 435.1568, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Vincent Healthcare offers mobile mammography. For upcoming dates and locations, 237.4373, www.svh-mt.org
Children 18 and younger who do not have health insurance and do not have a physician or dentist can be seen by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Various locations, call for appointment, 238.6008.